Sorry to be MIA for so long - I just got back from an 11 day trip to Honduras with a group of physicians and nurses. When you are in rural parts of a developing country, and there's no electricity, knitting (by headlamp) is a good way to pass the time.
I'll write more details about socks later (and also let you know where I am on my Roza socks). Thank you to everyone who made suggestions about vacations. It looks like we might fly into Seattle and take a jaunt to Vancouver and Whistler...but I am still looking for plane tickets!